oa Madoqua - Late Holocene avian remains from Wortel, Walvis Bay, SWA/Namibia, and some observations on seasonality and Topnaar Hottentot prehistory

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-5498



Avian remains from a Late Holocene shell midden complex dated to between approximately 400 and 260 B.P. are examined. Evidence is presented for human utilisation of the birds as food. Phalacrocorax capensis, Spheniscus demersus and Morus capensis were the most common species taken. Sources of seasonal information indicate that the complex was probably occupied throughout the year. Data show similarity to ethnographic observations on Topnaar Hottentots, antecedents of whom are presumed to have been responsible for the complex

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